- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1976
Ohio State University, M.C.R.P.
Miami University, Ohio, A.B. 1970
- District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals
- District of Columbia Circuit
- Sixth Circuit
- Seventh Circuit
- Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Courts
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Western District of Michigan
- District of Columbia
- Northern District of Illinois
Larry Saylor litigates complex business disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country, and in domestic and international arbitration.
He handles antitrust, trade secret, consumer protection, franchising, and dealer law matters, including class actions, injunctions, and appeals. He has resolved highly technical matters involving computer software, pharmaceuticals, health care, and product design. Larry also counsels clients on antitrust, franchising and dealer law issues, and acts as an arbitrator and mediator.
Larry is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for litigation, antitrust, appeals, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation. He is also on the list of Michigan Super Lawyers for business litigation and was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in 2015. He is also listed on Martindale-Hubbard's list of Preeminent Lawyers. He served as an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he taught a course on franchising and dealer law. Larry served as chair of the Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of Michigan and Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review, and writes and speaks regularly on antitrust, franchising, business torts, and arbitration.
In a case that made front-page news, Larry served as co-counsel for a major computer company involved in a billion-dollar-plus dispute with a rival over antitrust and intellectual property claims. The case was successfully settled.
Before joining the firm, Larry was Law Clerk to The Honorable George E. MacKinnon, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.
Defended former chief technical employee against trade secret and noncompete claims by a manufacturer of automated machinery. The district court entered a preliminary injunction but the Sixth Circuit reversed.
Defended engineering software company against claims of trade secret misappropriation brought by a competitor. The district court denied plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction and dismissed its “inevitable disclosure” claim.
Co-counsel for a major computer manufacturer defending against antitrust and intellectual property claims by a competitor seeking damages in excess of $1 billion. The matter was settled during trial.
Represented automated industrial machinery vendor as plaintiff in trade secret claims against former employees and a competitor.
Represented an urban school district against claims by a putative class of taxpayers seeking to recover in excess of $100 million collected on property taxes that had expired. The state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court ordered all claims dismissed.
Defended a national window manufacturer in a proposed class action alleging fraud in the sale and pricing of replacement windows. The state trial court dismissed the complaint. and ordered arbitration, and the arbitrator denied claimants' motion to certify a class.
Defended a hospital system against allegations that its charges for providing medical records in response to subpoenas were excessive, in violation of the state Consumer Protection Act and Patients’ Bill of Rights. The state Supreme Court ordered the complaint dismissed for failure to state a valid claim.
Represented a cell phone carrier in defense of a claim that charges for air time were inadequately disclosed, and seeking more than $200 million in damages under the Consumer Protection Act.
Represented a prescription drug manufacturer in defense of price-fixing claims by a putative national class of drug retailers in a multi-district proceeding in the Northern District of Illinois.
Filed antitrust counterclaim on behalf of engineering software vendor defending trade secret claims by a competitor. The matter is pending.
Defended a furniture manufacturer against price discrimination claim by a terminated retailer in the District of Oklahoma.
Co-counsel for major computer and software vendor defending antitrust and intellectual property claims by a competitor seeking damages in excess of $1 billion.
Defended a national grocery retailer against claims of attempt to monopolize and tortious interference brought by a local retailer. The district court granted summary judgment dismissing all claims.
Defended a national furniture manufacturer against breach of contract claims by retailers in Mississippi and California.
Defended an international auto parts supplier against a $60 million breach of warranty claim.
Defended a Polish brewer against claims by a terminated U.S. distributor under the Illinois Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act. The Seventh Circuit compelled arbitration of the claims in Poland, reversing the decision of the Northern District of Illinois. The district court later confirmed the favorable arbitration award, and the Seventh Circuit affirmed.
Obtained reversal on appeal of $6 million judgment for fraud and $10 million interest claim in connection with sale of retail stores.
Represented a manufacturer in defense of claims by terminated dealer under the Wisconsin Fair Dealer Law. The Seventh Circuit reversed a preliminary injunction entered by the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Represented a German-owned automotive supplier in defense of commission claim by a terminated U.S. sales representative in federal district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and arbitration in London before the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration.
Defended a manufacturer of small gasoline engines against claims by a terminated distributor under the Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act. The Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment dismissing major portions of the distributor’s claims.
Represented a vendor of automated material handling machinery in defense of breach of contract claims by a supplier and intellectual property licensor.
Represented a city in defense of a major taxpayer’s claim that a property tax ordered by a court to satisfy a judgment against the city violated an amendment to the state constitution requiring a vote of the electors to approve any increase in taxes. The Michigan Supreme Court held that the constitutional provision did not apply, reversing the state Court of Appeals and Tax Tribunal.
Defended a manufacturer against a terminated sales representative’s claim that he was protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The Seventh Circuit held that the plaintiff ws not covered by ADEA.
Represented a mortgage lender in defense of class claims in two matters challenging prepayment penalties in residential mortgage loans under usury statute and Consumer Protection Act. Both cases were settled after an appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Distinguished Brief Award, 2014
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow
Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Antitrust Law 2005-present; Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Intellectual Property 2013-present
Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2007-present
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Antitrust, 2010
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law
University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; Michigan Law Review, Articles Editor
Miami University, cum laude
Ohio State University, with Distinction
American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals (Commercial, Large Complex Case, and Franchising Panels), Arbitrator
American Bar Association, Antitrust Section; Forum on Franchising; Litigation Section; Dispute Resolution Section
State Bar of Michigan, Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Section, Chair, 1994-1995; Vice-chair, 1993-1994; Secretary, 1992-1993; Treasurer, 1991-1992; Council Member, 1987-1991; Appellate Practice Section, Council Member, 2012-present; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Litigation Section
District of Columbia Bar Association
International Franchise Association
Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Association, Commercial case evaluator
Wayne Mediation Center, mediator
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Local Rules Committee, 1998-2001
Federal Bar Association, Detroit Chapter
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
Leadership Detroit XI
Detroit Economic Club
Canada-U.S. Business Association
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2011-present, teaching course on franchising and dealer law
United States Air Force, 1970-72, Administrative Officer
What Business Model Should I Be: Franchisor or Other Options, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Franchising Conference, 2012
Compelling Arbitration and Enforcing Awards Under the New York Convention, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section, 2011
Oral Argument (Moderator), Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference, 2010
International Arbitration, Automation Alley, 2007
Antitrust Compliance, National Association for Credit Management, 2006 and 1999
Getting Your Opponent's Attention Before Trial: Creative Ways to Seize the Moment, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (teleconference), 2004
Drafting Sales Representative Agreements, State Bar of Michigan and Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998
The Price Is Right, Antitrust Developments Affecting Negotiations Between Providers and Payors, State Bar of Michigan and Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1997
Dealer, Franchise and Sales Representative Termination, Michigan State Bar Association and Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1993
Dispute Resolution for Franchise Claims, American Arbitration Association, Michigan Region, 1993
Distributing Your Products and the Antitrust Laws, American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Association, 1993
Michigan Civil Procedure Before Trial (Co-Author), West Publishing, 2003 (3 vol. treatise)
Litigating the Commercial Case (Co-Author), Michigan Inst. for Continuing Legal Ed., 1992
"Commentary: The 'Big 3' of Chinese international arbitration," (Co-Author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, October 5, 2012
"Compelling Arbitration and Enforcing Awards under the New York Convention in U.S. Courts," Michigan International Lawyer, State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section, Spring 2012
"High Court Considers Future of Class Arbitration," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, February 8, 2011
"Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September 17, 2010
“Michigan Sales Representative Statute” (Co-Author), Michigan Bar Journal, Michigan Bar Association, 1994
"Are You Violating Antitrust Laws," Michigan Hospitals, Michigan Hospital Association, 1992
"Antitrust Issues in Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures," International Legal Strategy, 1992 (in Japanese)
"Dealer Termination Litigation," Michigan Bar Journal, Michigan Bar Association, 1987
“Annual Survey of the Law: Civil Procedure” (Co-Author), Wayne Law Review, Wayne State University, 1984
“Condemnation Blight” (Note), Michigan Law Review, University of Michigan, 1975